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UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon
UN chief calls on Human Rights Council to do more on LGBT rights

in UNITED STATES, 30/09/2012

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has told delegates at the opening of the 21st regular session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to put women’s rights and LGBT rights at the forefront of the UN’s human rights agenda.

‘I commend the progress made by the Council [in the last year],’ Ki-moon told delegates. ‘In particular, I welcome the groundbreaking, first-ever intergovernmental discussion, in March this year, on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.’

‘This should not be a one-time event. I urge you to deepen your engagement on this issue so that protection and dignity truly reach all members of the human family.’

Ki-moon was referring to a groundbreaking panel discussion on LGBT rights, the first of its kind at the UNHRC, which went ahead despite 17 of the 47 states on the council walking out of the discussions.

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